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CineLink Work in Progress selection announced

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- The event for films in post-production features five projects, including Adrian Sitaru's The Fixer

CineLink Work in Progress selection announced
Director Adrian Sitaru

The Sarajevo Film Festival co-production market, CineLink's Work in Progress section, has announced its line-up. The initiative aims to assist the completion and subsequent festival presentation and theatrical release of selected films at its event on August 19 and 20. It will welcome delegates from Wild Bunch, The Match Factory, Pyramide, Memento, Fortissimo as well as the Cannes, Berlin, Sundance and Rotterdam film festivals, to name a few.

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The best-known name among the selections is certainly Romania's Adrian Sitaru (Best Intention [+see also:
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, Domestic [+see also:
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, Hooked
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) who will present The Fixer - the story of a young journalist who tries to seize the chance for a potentially big scoop, leading him to question the nature of his ambition. Written by Claudia Silișteanu andthe director himself, The Fixer is a co-production between Romania's 4 Proof Film and France's Petit Film.

The second Romanian project in the selection is Double [+see also:
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, the debut feature by director Catrinel Dănăiață. Starring Bogdan Dumitrache, Maria Dinulescu and Corina Moise, it tells the story of a young architect on the brink of success, but fighting with a failing relationship and his mother’s illness. It is at this critical point that he meets a mysterious young woman. Double is a co-production of Abis Studio and HiFilm.   

Another very interesting title is Birds Like Us, promoted as Bosnia and Herzegovina's first feature-length animation. Based on an 11th century Persian fable and set in the world of birds, it is directed by Faruk Šabanović, who also co-wrote the script with Olivia Hetreed. The cast includes Jeremy Irons, Jim Broadbent and Alicia Vikander, and the project lists Abbigail Disney and Cat Villers as co-producers. The Bosnian production company is PRIME TIME, and TRT Turkish Radio and TV is a partner and investor. It was co-produced by the UK, the US and Turkey.

From Bulgaria, the Works in Progress programme will present Godless [+see also:
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by first-time feature writer-director Ralitza Petrova, who won the Prix UIP Berlin at the Berlinale in 2007 with her short film, Rotten Apple. Her latest work is the story of a morphine-addicted nurse who steals and sells her patients’ ID cards. However, when a patient she has fallen for is arrested, she attempts to do the right thing - only to find that in a godless world, good intentions require sacrifices. Godless is a co-production between Bulgaria's Klas Film and France's Alcatraz Films.

Selected from Sarajevo's Docu Rough Cut Boutique, the only documentary in the line-up is Siniša Vidović's Korida, about bull fights in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The documentary follows five bull trainers in their daily lives and reveals a practically unknown subculture and its everyday conflicts. Korida is a co-production by Austria's Golden Girls Filmproduktion (best known for Everyday Rebellion) and Filmservices GmbH.

The jury, consisting of Tanja Meissner (Head of International Sales & Acquisitions, Memento Films), Khalil Benkirane (Head of Grants, Doha Film Institute) and Tolke Palm (Producer, The Post Republic), will hand out The Post Republic Award (worth €50,000 in post-production services) and The Restart Award (further support worth €20,000).

Previous Work in Progress projects include Brides [+see also:
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 by Tinatin KajrishviliToto and His Sisters [+see also:
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by Alexander NanauWhy Me? [+see also:
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interview: Tudor Giurgiu
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by Tudor Giurgiu, If I Want to Whistle I Whistle [+see also:
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by Florin Serban (Jury Grand Prix Silver Bear and Alfred Bauer Prize, Berlinale 2010), Harmony Lessons [+see also:
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by Emir Baigazin (Silver Bear, Berlinale 2013), Mold [+see also:
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by Ali Aydın (Lion of the Future, Venice 2012), and White Shadow [+see also:
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interview: Noaz Deshe
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by Noaz Deshe (Lion of the Future, Venice 2013).

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